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Dwyer, James Francis

(1874-1952) Australian author, imprisoned for committing forgery (1899-1902), in the US after 1907, in France after 1921; a prolific author of stories from 1902, sometimes as by Burglar Bill with the Sydney Bulletin, where he began publishing a huge stream of works; he eventually moved on as well to a wide range of magazines like Black Cat, Blue Book and Argosy. "The Phantom Ship of Dirk van Tromp" (13 April 1913 Australian Sunday Times) is a Flying Dutchman tale (see Wandering Jew). Some of ...

Tawada Yōko

(1960-    ) Japanese author, in Germany since 1982, whose output occupies a liminal space between her native and adopted languages. Graduating from Waseda University in Russian literature, she pursued two further degrees in German-speaking Europe, receiving a doctorate in German literature from the University of Zurich in 2000. Her work has luxuriated and exulted in bilingualism ever since her first published work, the poetry collection Nur da wo du bist da ist nichts ...

Eliade, Mircea

(1907-1986) Romanian academic, in UK, Portugal and France from 1940, resident in the US from 1956, most famous as a philosopher of comparative religion [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], though he was a prolific author of fiction, much of it fantastic, from the publication of his first, precocious tale, "Cum am găsit piatr filosofală" ["How I found the Philosopher's Stone"] (1921 Ziarul Stiintelor Populare si al Calatorilor), until the beginning of the 1980s; much ...

Dearmer, Geoffrey

(1893-1996) UK author, and a World War One poet of some note, his best early work being collected in Poems (coll 1918 chap), which he much later reassembled, with later material, as A Pilgrim's Song (coll 1993). He is now also remembered for his work (1936-1950) as an Examiner of Plays (which is to say censor) for the Lord Chancellor's Office, and for an incident in 1942, when he thought he heard the word "bugger" spoken in a Terence Rattigan play, though no one else could; after intensive ...

Bonham, Frank

(1914-1988) US author, most of whose adult novels were Westerns, and who wrote in various modes for younger readers, though some of his sf or fantasy was for Young Adult readers. The Missing Persons League (1976), set in a starving Dystopian USA, presents its young protagonist with the chance to find a better world. The Forever Formula (1979) is a strong sf tale in which a young man awakens from Suspended Animation to find himself torn between opposing factions: those who wish for his father's ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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